Thursday, November 6, 2008

Local, regional, national work shown on First Friday
The second-to-last First Friday of the year includes a menagerie of local, regional and national art to peruse on Nov. 7.

Sitka author John Straley to visit Hearthside Books
Fans of Sitka author John Straley will have two chances to catch up with the writer this weekend at Hearthside Books' Nugget Mall location: The first is a book signing at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, and the second is Hearthside's annual Holiday Event, held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov 9.

Presentation on 'Sisterhood' book planned for Nov. 8
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum's Coffee & Collections series will host a presentation by Kimberly Metcalfe on the Alaska Native Sisterhood at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Theater seeks scriptwriters for second annual contest
Juneau Playwright Project, presented by the Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre, is presently looking for scriptwriters for its second annual event.

Wyne to present art lecture on Nov. 11 at UAS
Anchorage artist Sheila Wyne will present an illustrated lecture on her artwork and life as an artist from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast. The lecture, sponsored by the UAS Fine Art Program, is free and open to the general public.

Dance company receives grant for Nutcracker performances
Juneau Dance Unlimited has received a $20,673 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation for the expansion of the local dance company's annual Nutcracker production. The award will be used to purchase new costumes, properties and sets.

What's Happening
THURSDAY, NOV. 6

For whom exactly does the bell toll?
OK, what's the point, really? We all have watches and cell phones. Most of us have the Internet. There are clocks in every business and a big one right on the corner of South Franklin. For what earthly reason do we need to hear a recording of someone else's bell ringing across downtown Juneau every hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.?

Dismayed by support of Sen. Ted Stevens
"Change we can believe in." The phrase that has inspired the nation has sent frightened Alaskans to the polls to re-elect a convicted felon.

Senate coalition selects Stevens as President
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, one of the architects of the current Bipartisan Working Group coalition, will be Senate president in the 26th Alaska Legislature.

Cruise ships issued more violations for wastewater
Alaska cruise regulators have sent five more notices of violation to cruise ships for discharging unpermitted levels of pollutants into state waters during September.

Chenault elected speaker of the state House; Muñoz to chair Community and Regional Affairs Committee
Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has been elected speaker of the House for the 26th Alaska Legislature, which will convene Jan. 20, the Republican majority announced Thursday.

Juneau man gets 18 years for coffee shop robbery
A man dubbed the "coffee shop bandit" is headed to jail — for a long time.

Kerttula's hopes for leadership fade
Democratic leader Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, may have seen her hopes of leading the state House of Representatives dashed when fellow Juneau Democratic Rep. Andrea Doll lost her re-election bid.

Juneau Democrats ecstatic about Obama
The big screen at Centennial Hall showed people in Harlem and Chicago and people all over the country in tears, and so too was Maureen Longworth. She wished her father had been there to see this election, she said.

Senators mull new bipartisan coalition
Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, for the first time in his 14-year legislative career, wound up chairing a committee during the last legislative session.

Republicans proud of party's performance
While the loss of the McCain-Palin ticket touched particularly close to home for many Juneau Republicans on Tuesday, many remained extremely proud of the Alaska governor's historic run for the vice presidency.

Preliminary results for the 2008 general election by precinct
The following are unofficial results for Tuesday's Alaska 2008 General Election:

Muñoz defeats incumbent Doll in House race
Late Tuesday night, Republican challenger Cathy Muñoz pulled ahead of Democratic incumbent Andrea Doll.

School Board, Frederick reach settlement in 'Bong Hits' case
Officials say the final chapter of the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" saga has been written with a settlement being reached between the Juneau Board of Education and former Juneau-Douglas High School student Joseph Frederick.

Photo: In the background
Dianne Anderson paints needles on a tree for a 35-by-16-foot backdrop that will be used in Juneau Dance Unlimited's December performance of the "Nutcracker Ballet" at Juneau-Douglas High School. The dance company received a grant to make a permanent backdrop that can be reused in future productions. Anderson won the bid to create it.

High court schedules arguments in Kensington mine dispute
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the dispute over tailings disposal between environmental groups and the operators of the Kensington gold mine.

Photo: Harbor improvement
Harbor officer Doug Unruh saws out a bull rail Wednesday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay. The rails, which boats tie up to, are part of the original construction of the harbor. The installation project will continue until the harbor crew switches to snow removal on the 22-year-old docks.

Photo: Juneau votes
Early morning ralliers, including Rep. Beth Kerttula, right, wave signs Tuesday at the corner of Egan Drive and 10th Street.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

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Police & Fire
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'Playlist' pleasantly light
With the big summer blockbusters pretty much on hiatus until next year and the onslaught of the darker fall-season-trying-for-an-Oscar films, it is a relief to know there are lighter options like this one at the box office. Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie are nowhere to be found (well, unless you try screen No. 6 down the hall), and neither is any gut-wrenching drama. There are no slow-motion gunfights and I'm pretty sure not a single stuntman was employed during filming. This light-hearted box office option even features a playful title: "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist."

'Heaven' a crowning achievement
There's a shot in Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" that conveys to viewers in one elegant, quiet gesture that they are in the hands of a great filmmaker. The shot closes the first of the film's three chapters; a car is driving at a diagonal from one side of the screen and the camera cruises with it at an angle, finally meeting up with the vehicle and settling on the man driving it.

'Get Smart' not for fans of the show
'Get Smart: 2-Disc Special Edition'

the 88: too poppy for indie, too weird for pop
Since releasing its 2003 full-length debut, "Kind of Light," the Los Angeles-based band the 88 has seemed, with polished, Kinks-inspired songs and tailored suits, the group most likely to end up in a Wes Anderson movie. Frontman Keith Slettedahl, 35, who is often photographed in horned-rim glasses and a slight scowl, has become an ambassador of power pop, perhaps rock's most self-conscious and history-obsessed style.

Audio sunshine: a cure for rainy-day blues
When it rains as much as it has in the last few months here, we have to find inventive ways to brighten our days.

Sound Bites
Deerhunter, "Microcastle" and"Weird Era Cont." ★★★

Juneau Concert Band to give inaugural performance
The Juneau Concert Band will perform its inaugural concert at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9. Admission will be pay-as-you-can.

Nonprofit does big things for youth
NEW YORK - Marc Wheeler, vice president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, was recently selected to be one of the William T. Grant Foundation's fourth group of Distinguished Fellows.

Thanks to the Douglas Post Office workers
For those of us with post office boxes in Douglas, it is always a pleasure to visit with the guys behind the counter, Lee and Dean. Not only do they do their jobs well, they are helpful and courteous, and they keep alive the small town flavor of the Douglas Post Office.

Douglas Fourth of July Committee to host historical program
In honor of Alaska's 50th year of Statehood, the Douglas Fourth of July Committee will host a special program, "Stories and Pictures of the Douglas Bell and Cannon" by Mark Whitman, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Mt. Jumbo Gym.

California recipe-seeker given slow cooker stew
Do you like sharing recipes? Do you like trying new recipes? Look no further. Ask Auntie Emo is where we match sought-out and shared recipes.

United Way seeks new partner agencies
JUNEAU - The United Way of Southeast Alaska is currently accepting new partnership applications from Southeast Alaska social service nonprofit agencies.

Juneau Dance Unlimited offers ballroom dance
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited will begin the second eight-week session of Ballroom Dance instruction from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the JDU dance studio, 8420 Airport Blvd, Suite 202.

United Way to host two-day workshop on grant-writing
JUNEAU - United Way of Southeast Alaska will host a two day grant-writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 at 419 Sixth St., in the Catholic Community Services Building. The course is open to anyone interested in learning introductory grantwriting techniques for nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Consortium to host pediatric dental clinic in Hoonah
HOONAH - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Dec. 15-19 at the Hoonah Medical Clinic.

Thanks for attending the Ice Association's mid-September events
Back in mid-September, the Juneau-Douglas Ice Association hosted a Pam Dreyer Goalie Clinic and also helped Treadwell Arena with its Learn to Play Hockey day. We had a great turnout for both events and added lots of new players to JDIA.

Thanks for attending our first Shots on Goal fundraiser
A special thank you to all who attended the first annual "Shots on Goal" Blue Line Booster Club and Juneau-Douglas Ice Association fundraiser this past Saturday evening at DIPAC. It was a huge success and lots of fun. Thank you for the generous donations from Taku Glacier Lodge/Wings of Alaska, Bear Creek Adventures, Alaska Zipline Adventures, Radio Shack, Gourmet Alaska, Nugget Outfitters, Darlene Jacobsen, Karen McGee and all of the hockey "Moms and Dads." Thank you to Abby's Kitchen for the wonderful food and to Odom Corporation for the spirits provided and donated. A special thank you to Monica Casipit for never saying no to a charity event and for her artful eye in decorating. Those I forgot to mention, thank you.

Thanks for supporting the March of Dimes Jail & Bail event
The March of Dimes Alaska Chapter would like to thank the community of Juneau for its support of our Jail & Bail event on Oct. 16. The jailbirds turned themselves in between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at The Hangar on the Wharf. Bob Price presided as "the judge" for the day, sentencing the jailbirds for being guilty of supporting the March of Dimes and their mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality. All 31 jailbirds were pronounced guilty and sentenced to raising $1,000 bail. All in all they raised $11,850!

Frances V. Marvin
Lifelong Juneau resident Frances V. (Bobb) Marvin died peacefully on Nov. 1, 2008, in her home with her family by her side. She was 86.

My Turn: Obama win just a start
Barack Obama has just been elected president. This was the result of a strong, positive, grassroots campaign that brought out a strongly increased Democratic vote throughout the country, in regions where the Democratic ticket hasn't done well in decades, or, in some cases, ever.

Outside editorial: President Obama: A new direction
Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States: Like so many millions of Americans, we savor the phrase, and congratulate the winner, and celebrate the momentousness of the occasion.

Obama will find open arms and impossible expectations
Congratulations President-elect Obama. Welcome to a world that will greet you with open arms - and expectations that will be impossible to meet.

Outside Editorial: Government Motors
The federal government soon may subsidize the merger of General Motors and Chrysler in the hope that combining these corporate clunkers might keep them out of the junkyard of bankruptcy.

Finding a way out of the wilderness
Well, we Republicans have just made history. Not the type of history we wanted to make, mind you, but history nonetheless. Not only did we lose the White House but, after losing our House and Senate majorities in 2006, we followed it up Tuesday night with even steeper losses in Congress.

Negative campaigning
In 1800, Thomas Jefferson endured a presidential campaign in which supporters of his opponent, President John Adams, labored mightily to convince the public that the then-vice president was an atheistic coward hell-bent on ripping Bibles from the homes of God-fearing Americans. A Jeffersonian writer, in turn, called Adams a "hideous hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and the firmness of a man nor the gentleness or sensibility of a woman."

Can conspicuous consumption last?
On the night of Aug. 21, 2001, my husband and I checked into a motel in Miles City, Mont. Once settled, we poured ourselves a glass of wine and turned on the TV in order to relax after a long day's drive. I've never forgotten that night. It has haunted me ever since.

Juneau man gets 18 years for robbery
JUNEAU - A man dubbed the "coffee shop bandit" was sentenced recently to 18 years in prison.

Unofficial youth vote swings for Obama
JUNEAU - Barack Obama not only won the nation's popular vote Tuesday, he also captured the vote of a majority of Juneau school students.

Seattle's 'Tuba Man' dies after robbery
SEATTLE- A beloved Seattle street musician known as the "Tuba Man" has died from beating injuries he suffered in a robbery over a week ago, officials said Tuesday.

Grizzly bear seen near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A grizzly bear seen roaming about 30 miles north of Fairbanks apparently isn't ready to hibernate yet.

Man sentenced in Talkeetna standoff
PALMER - A Talkeetna man has been sentenced to 52 years in prison in connection with a two-day standoff.

Mother delays birth to be able to vote
JUNEAU - Interest in voting was so strong Tuesday that a mother-to-be in the maternity ward at Bartlett Regional Hospital sought to delay giving birth so she could vote with a "personal representative." That's a method by which those who are physically unable to vote are able to cast ballots.

Drunk man says he was driving own car
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man with a history of drunk driving and charged with stealing a car from a gentleman's club told authorities the car he was driving belonged to him.

Elephant Maggie enjoys new home
ANCHORAGE - She's been gone a year and Maggie the elephant - Alaska's high profile wildlife cause - is enjoying her new home in California.

Alaska Native Tribal Health gets grant
ANCHORAGE - The American Cancer Society is giving a $627,000 grant to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Boeing delays test flight due to strike
SEATTLE - Boeing Co. said Tuesday the first test flight of its long-delayed 787 jetliner has been postponed until next year due to an eight-week strike by union workers.

JDHS girls add splash of experience with youth
The girls of the 2008 Juneau Douglas High School swim and dive team appear to be a long way from stretching the Crimson Bear dynasty into a fourth consecutive state title. But you never know ...

Kensington, Island Pub tied up in JAHA's Tier A
Kensington's Albert Svensson struck first in a wild first period Sunday on an unassisted goal, but needed teammate Steve Box to score of an assist from Matt Foss late in the second to scratch out a 2-2 tie with Island Pub in Juneau Adult Hockey Association action at Treadwell Arena.

Parks and Rec releases final volleyball standings
(Includes win for attending managers meeting.)

Shadows of 'Doubt'
The arts can be a natural outlet for coping with distress, but they can also bring to light certain dark issues that may have been the cause of the distress in the first place. Composers, designers, performers and other artists often seem able to conceptually express more about these dark areas than philosophers and academics can, using fewer words and more subtle modes of expression. This subtlety of expression is one of the strengths of "Doubt: A Parable," Perseverance Theatre's second production of the 2008-09 season.

Senator's future hangs in balance of close election
ANCHORAGE - Voters were deciding Tuesday whether to return a giant of Alaska politics to the U.S. Senate - overlooking that Ted Stevens has joined the ranks of the state's corrupt politicians - or go with a popular, baby-faced mayor whose congressman father died tragically in a plane crash.

Senate race remains too close to call
Tens of thousands of votes from the Nov. 4 election have yet to be counted, leaving the hotly contested Senate race between Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and Democratic challenger Mark Begich too close to call as of Wednesday, according to the state Division of Elections.

Mat-Su, North Pole voters give Young a large lead
ANCHORAGE - If Republican Don Young returns for his 19th term as Alaska's only representative in the U.S. House, he can thank voters in Gov. Sarah Palin's old stomping grounds, plus bedroom communities of Alaska's major cities.

Young leads Berkowitz in House battle
ANCHORAGE - Republican Don Young was hanging on to his seat in Congress late Tuesday night.

Palin supporters pack up Wasilla campaign office
WASILLA - Life for Sarah Palin and her supporters began returning to a more normal pace a day after the election.

McCain concession casts pall over rally in Wasilla
WASILLA - It wasn't the party they hoped for when several hundred people gathered for an election night rally in GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's hometown.

Supporters rally around Stevens
ANCHORAGE - Orthodox wisdom should dictate that voters would flee in droves from an incumbent who had just been convicted of felony crimes. But that would grossly underestimate the affection loyalists have for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Voters approve goody bag of road projects
ANCHORAGE - More highway improvements, bridge repairs and new traffic intersections are in store after voters agreed to use general obligation bonds to pay for the projects.

Report: Alaska helps U.S. boost oil reserves
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. boosted its proved oil reserves last year for the first time since 2007, in part thanks to new discoveries in Alaska.

McCain voters cite experience, values
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans cited experience and values in handing Republican John McCain an overwhelming victory Tuesday over Democrat Barack Obama in the presidential race he ultimately lost in the national vote.

Community mourns fallen soldier
FAIRBANKS - At first some might have seen Pfc. Cody Eggleston as shy, but his superior officers soon got to know a man who was caring and ambitious.

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